pawn etymology

English word pawn comes from Middle French pan

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Detailed word origin of pawn

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pan Middle French (frm)
pawn English (eng) To give as security on a loan of money; especially, to deposit (something) at a pawn shop.. To pledge; to stake or wager. (now, _, rare) An item given as security on a loan, or as a pledge.. (rare) A pawn shop, pawnbroker.. An instance of pawning something.. The state of being held as security for a loan, or as a pledge.